Freelance photographer Roger Byrd takes telephoto pictures of oil wildcatter Charles Houston pushing a car over a cliff with his wife Evelyn in it. Houston pays Byrd blackmail over several payments bleeding him dry, then offers a share in a prospective well, but Byrd refuses. Houston then reluctantly sells big time gambler Lucky Sterling 50% of the action for $20,000 to pay off Byrd. Byrd double-crosses Houston and offers to sell the incriminating photos to Paula Wallace, Evelyn's sister, who intends to pay Byrd with money from her 50% of Houston's well. Paula consults Perry Mason but does not tell him the whole truth. Incredibly, the 180% oversold wildcat well comes in a huge producer. Charles flees and is found dead in Byrd's apartment by Paula, shot with Evelyn's gun. Someone locks her in the apartment and turns out the lights forcing her to escape via the fire escape but she is caught by the police. Paula is charged with murder, and Perry has to sort things out. Written by
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Perry and Hamilton have switched sides in the court room. See more
The murder victim was killed with a .32-caliber bullet, but the murder weapon left lying near the body was a Smith and Wesson .22 Kit Gun. See more
[looking at incriminating photos of him
I've already paid you $25,000 for these.
Oh, no, Houston, you've been paying me for goodwill. Now's your chance to pay me for them... For keeps. $20,000.